Re surname Daniel versus Daniels.
My research has been on the southern Daniel family who arrived in
Virginia, mid 1600s. None of them had an 'S' on their surname, in records of
those years. They are thought to have come from England. The name was often
given the English spelling of Daniele, or various variations but most often
Daniel BUT NEVER with an 'S' on end.
Arriving in U. S. (also from England) about same time was another branch
who settled in the north I'm told, and those all had an 'S' on the name.
Other researchers believe that this holds fairly true for those very
early arrivals, the ones who came in thru the north used Daniels while the
southerners used just Daniel. Most of the descendants in the south kept it as
simply Daniel until today. I believe this was true for a hundred years or so.
Of course, what makes it difficult to use any 'rule of thumb' is the northern
Daniels began to migrate, crossing paths with the southern Daniel family in
the 1700-1800s. Joyce (Woodruff) Terrana, Burleson, Tx